Monday, 25 January 2021

Pink Freud: Discover some French rosés worth analysing

The Camargue region in the south of France is both wild and beautiful.

It sits between between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhone Delta and is home to wildlife ranging from 400 species of birds (including flocks of flamingos) to semi-wild white horses known as Camarguais. 

The local wines, predominantly still rosés, come under the Sable de Camargue geographic indicator. 

The region is best known for its vins gris style of rosé (grey wines), made predominantly from grenache, cinsuat and carignan. These and more traditional rosé styles account for over 90% percent of production.



The vines are planted on sand dunes, either right next to the sea or further inland, divided by a number lagoons and salt marshes. 

Domaine Royal de Jarras, whose wines are readily available in Australia, has vineyards in the heart of the Camargue region near the small Languedoc town of Aigues-Mortes, which means dead waters. 

The vineyard is located on an island between the sea, lagoons, and salt marshes. 

Domaine Royal de Jarras comprises a 924-hectare estate including 420 hectares of vines. Both flamingos and horses are a common site.
 

The estate is owned  by Champagne House Vranken-Pommery Monopole and the vineyards are all classified organic under European regulation.

The portfolio features the 2018 Domaine Royal de Jarras gris ($22) and 2018 Pink Flamingo rosé ($25); both produced by winemaker Auriane Eysseric. 

Both are dry, saline, lightly citrusy, savoury and extremely food friendly, made predominantly from grenache.  Thinks salads, freshly shucked oysters, seafood stews or simply as a chilled drink on the back porch in summer. 

Vranken Pommery also produces quality pale and dry rosés from the nearby Château La Gordonne in the Var region of Provence - equally stunning but with contrasting landscapes.

The Château La Gordonne vineyards were cultivated in 1300 by Carthusian monks so there is a little bit of history in every tangy mouthful. 

Both brands are well worth checking out to add some joie de vivre to your dinner. 





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